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Wiggins Watch: Episode VII

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/11/14 2:01 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropMonday night in Manhattan, Kansas the Jayhawks fell to the Kansas State Wildcats in overtime, 85-82.  This loss is the second in their past four games for Bill Self’s sqaud, but in no way do these losses fall on freshmen star Andrew Wiggins.

Last week, I called for the freshmen to have a more cerebral game that didn’t involve him imposing pre-meditated shots, but rather, to take what the defense gave him.  Well in his past two games he has had 16 and 19 points respectively.  The freshman is a combined 10-26 from the field in his past two games and 0-7 from three.  You would think with shooting stats like that Wiggins would be averaging about 10 points but in fact he is averaging 17.5 in his last two contests thanks to free throws.  Wiggins was aggressive for the second straight game last night, going 8-15 from the free throw line and going 7-10 from the stripe two days prior.


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A Trade for Dwight Howard

Posted by: C. Smith
02/09/14 12:48 pm EST

dwighthoward76ersmoonIt goes without saying that the scribes here at Philadunkia have grown weary of discussing the 76ers on the court ills during this season of the tank.  Long before this week’s depressing home losses to the also-tanking Celtics and the depleted Lakers our water cooler talk had turned to discussing what trades Sam Hinkie could possibly put together in an effort to rebuild this franchise.

The usual trade suspects on the 76ers’ roster — Thad, Turner and Hawes – are mentioned in these daily deadline discussions.  We’ve all read the rumors or reports from “sources” about possible trade destinations for the three veterans on this team.  To be honest, it seems like those stories have been circulating online since the Sixers broke camp.

However, with the NBA trade deadline just 11 days away, a fresh trade idea was proposed by one of the scribes here at Philadunkia that would put Dwight Howard in a 76ers uniform.  After the jump, that potential trade will be outlined and discussed.


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Turner to Charlotte Makes Sense

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
02/05/14 12:29 pm EST

011614-evan-turner-600With the trade deadline quickly approaching, the Sixers will eventually have to make a move with Evan Turner if they don’t want to risk having him walk for nothing this summer, or pay a pretty penny to retain his services.

There is some interest around the league, as he has shown that he can score this season (even if his numbers are inflated because of the Sixers’ blistering pace), including from some serious interest from Charlotte.

According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, the Bobcats have already inquired about acquiring Turner, and if Charlotte is willing to part with a pick, then the move makes sense for both sides.


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WIggins Watch: Episode VI

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/03/14 11:12 am EST

wigginsblackbckdropWhy do people go back to the same barber over and over again?

Consistency.

They know they will get the same top quality haircut every time they go in for a visit.  Consistency is the one thing Kansas star Andrew Wiggins has not shown in his hair styles, nor his play, and it could be the reason the Jayhawks are not seeing their full potential.

Saturday afternoon in Austin, the Jayhawks fell to the Texas Longhorns 81-69 in a game that was not as close as that score might indicate.  Shot blocking and rebounding are usually statistics that fall in the favor of Kansas (thanks to Joel Embiid), but on Saturday that was not the case and it turned out to be a deciding factor for the ‘Horns.  The Longhorn front-court of Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes was a force to be reckoned with as they helped Texas to twelve blocks and the shocking victory.


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Is Hollis Thompson A Keeper?

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/31/14 9:54 am EST

Thompson-300x222Remember when the Washington Redskins started out less than stellar in Robert Griffin’s rookie year?  This prompted Head Coach Mike Shanahan to say after one his many losses that year,  “We’re not playing for the playoffs, were playing to find out who will be on this roster for years to come”.   Well that is what is taking place during 76er games this year, especially with the reserve players.

We all know that the 76ers are tanking this year but there are still pertinent tasks that need to be completed.  One of these tasks is finding out who will be able to be a reliable option coming off the bench for the foreseeable future.  The answer might be former Georgetown Hoya / D-Leaguer, Hollis Thompson.  The 6’8, two hundred and six pound rookie has had an up and down season but might finally be hitting his stride going into the All-Star break.  If Thompson can continue to make positive contributions, he may play himself into a new contract and could be 76er for some time.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: C. Smith
01/29/14 1:52 pm EST

celtics-dancereditThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Boston Celtics who have lost 6 of their last 7 games and received a 26-point smackdown from the New York Knicks last night.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Boston team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Kwapt B at red’sarmy.com, as Kwapt B will answer Fo’ questions on his Celtics squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Phoenix Suns

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/14 2:17 pm EST

sunsggirlThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Phoenix Suns who have cooled off a little since their ridiculous start to the 2013-14 season, but are coming off a tremendous comeback win in Cleveland on Sunday night.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Phoenix team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Kevin Zimmerman at valleyofthesuns.com, as Kevin will answer Fo’ questions on his Suns squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Toronto Raptors

Posted by: C. Smith
01/24/14 2:59 pm EST

nina-marie_toronto-raptors-dance-pakThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Toronto Raptors who are currently holding down the 4th spot in the East despite posting a 2-3 record in their last 5 games.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Toronto team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Sam Halako at  raptorsrepublic.com, as Sam will answer Fo’ questions on his Raptors from us here at Philadunkia.


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Could Lance Stephenson Be A Future Sixer?

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/24/14 11:39 am EST

lanceRecently there has been a great deal of discussion about where rising Pacers guard Lance Stephenson will play next year after his current contract expires.  Normally I get irritated about this type of speculation surrounding a young player who is the middle of a very good season, but really hasn’t totally proven himself yet.  However, in this case, the speculation is warranted.

The Brooklyn product has had an absolute breakout year when he was expected to become just a good role player on a Pacers team with Eastern Conference title aspirations.  When I say breakout year I mean a borderline All-Star who has cemented himself as a possible triple-double threat.  More impressive than that is the fact that Stephenson has done this on a title contender rather than taking volume shots on a bottom feeding team.

So could this talented shooting guard be a missing piece to Sam Hinkie’s 76ers puzzle?

I will explore this scenario and what it could mean for the 76ers after the jump.


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Is Embiid a Good Fit for the 76ers?

Posted by: C. Smith
01/22/14 8:40 am EST

JoelEmbiid KansasDISCLAIMER:  The following post is NOT an outright endorsement of Joel Embiid as the 76ers 2014 NBA Draft Lottery selection.  It is simply a hypothetical idea that crossed my mind this past holiday weekend as I watched Embiid help Kansas defeat Oklahoma State and Baylor…

Leading up to the 2013-14 college basketball season my thoughts on the 2014 Draft class were that either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would be the best fit for the 7-6.  As I have watched both of those All-America caliber kids play this year, my pre-season thoughts have not wavered like many of the “experts” out there.  Both are athletic, fantastic wing players who could step right in and start for Brett Brown.  Either one would be a tremendous fit as a draft pick for the Sixers.

However, as the college basketball season shifts into high gear, I have begun to take a much closer look at some of the other elite prospects around the nation.  So this past holiday weekend I closely watched (and rewatched via DVR) Joel Embiid of Kansas play in two games against very respectable competition.

As I watched and took notes on Embiid, who has recently sky rocketed up draft boards, I asked myself the following , “What if the Sixers are in a position to select Joel Embiid ?  What if Hinkie is on the clock and Embiid is the best player available?  Would Joel Embiid be a good fit here?” 

 
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